Masala vada | Perfect Crispy Masala Vada


Masala Wada | Perfect Crispy Masala Vada - Soak Bengal Gram, grind and add spices and make some Vadas and you have one of the most popular evening snacks of Telugus. And they make a great combination with hot tea.

The spicy Vadas, popularly known as Masala Vadas, are made with Bengal Gram and Onions and Ginger and Garlic. They are widely available on food carts on street corners in the evening. These Vadas can be made with Cow Peas as well.

These Vadas taste great while hot and are easy to make. But some tips are necessary while grinding and frying the Vadas. Follow these tips and you get crisp Vadas.

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Masala Wada | Perfect Crispy Masala Vada


Bengal Gram:

Wash and soak Bengal Gram for 3-4 hours. Grind it to a coarse paste. If the mixture is too thin in consistency, the Vadas cannot be made.

Soya Chunks:

I have added some Soya Chunks to enhance the flavor of the Vadas. You could also add chopped stalks of Amaranth leaves.

Frying the Vadas:

  1. The Vadas should be patted on wet hands, dropped into boiling Oil and left to fry untouched for two minutes.

  2. After 2-3 minutes, they should be slowly fried until they turn golden.

If the Vada is disintegrating:

  1. If the Flour mixture has become too dilute and the Vada is breaking up, add some Rice Flour or Gram Flour and make Vadas.

  2. The Vadas break even if the Flour is too dry. So keep adding Water with spoons while grinding and make a coarse paste.

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Masala vada | Perfect Crispy Masala Vada

Snacks | vegetarian
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Soaking Time 4 hrs
  • Cook Time 20 mins
  • Total Time 4 hrs 25 mins
  • Pieces 14


  • 1 cup Bengal Gram
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onions
  • 2 Green Chillies chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger Chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 tbps Soya Chunks (Optional)


  1. Take a handful of Bengal Gram out of the washed and soaked Bengal Gram. Strain and grind the larger portion to a coarse paste.
  2. Keep adding Water with spoons until the Bengal Gram is ground to a coarse paste.
  3. Add the soaked Bengal gram, set aside, and the other ingredients and mix the Vada flour well. Make Vadas by patting a ball flat on a wet hand. (In case you are unable to make it, add some Rice Flour and then try).
  4. Take a lemon-sized ball and pat into a Vada, add to Oil and let it remain untouched for two minutes.
  5. After two minutes, fry well on medium flame until Vadas turn golden and crispy and them remove and serve.

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Masala Wada | Perfect Crispy Masala Vada